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The winners of the Best paper and Student Best Paper awards will be announced at the AAMAS 2014 gala dinner.

Best Paper

The following papers (in alphabetical order by author) have been nominated for Best Paper:

  • "Characterizing conflicts in fair division of indivisible goods using a scale of criteria", Sylvain Bouveret and Michel Lemaître
  • "SimSensei Kiosk: A Virtual Human Interviewer for Healthcare Decision Support", David DeVault, Ron Artstein, Grace Benn, Teresa Dey, Ed Fast, Alesia Gainer, Kallirroi Georgila, Jon Gratch and Arno Hartholt, Margaux Lhommet, Gale Lucas, Stacy Marsella, Fabrizio Morbini, Angela Nazarian, Stefan Scherer, Giota Stratou, Apar Suri, David Traum, Rachel Wood, Yuyu Xu, Albert Rizzo, Louis-Philippe Morency
  • "Exploiting Separability in Multi-Agent Planning with Continuous-State MDPs", Jilles Dibangoye, Christopher Amato, Olivier Buffet and Francois Charpillet

Jay Modi Best Student Paper

The following papers (in alphabetical order by author) have been nominated for Jay Modi Best Student Paper:

  • "Clustering Objects with Robots That Do Not Compute", Melvin Gauci, Jianing Chen, Wei Li , Tony J. Dodd and Roderich Gross
  • "Constraining Information Sharing to Improve Cooperative Information Gathering", Igor Rochlin and David Sarne
  • "Evaluating Coverage Based Intention Selection", Max Waters, Lin Padgham and Sebastian Sardina

Blue Sky Ideas Best Paper

The following papers have been nominated for Blue Sky Ideas Best Paper:

  • "Mutiagent Systems for Social Computation", Michael Rovatsos
  • "Computational Epidemiology as a Challenge Domain for Mutiagent Systems", Samarth Swarup, Stephen Eubank and Madhav Marathe
  • "From Autistic to Social Agents", Frank Dignum, Rui Prada and Gert Jan Hofstede

IFAAMAS Victor Lesser Distinguished Dissertation Award

This award was started for dissertations defended in 2006 and is named for Professor Victor Lesser, a long standing member of the AAMAS community who has graduated a large number of outstanding PhD students in the area. To be eligible for the 2013 award, a dissertation had to have been written as part of a PhD defended during the year 2013, and had to be nominated by the supervisor with three supporting references. Selection is based on originality, depth, impact and written quality, supported by quality publications. Previous winners of this award were Birgit Endrass (2012), Daniel Villatoro (2011), Bo An (2010), Andrew Gilpin (2009), Ariel Procaccia (2008), Radu Jurca (2007), and Vincent Conitzer (2006).

The 2013 IFAAMAS Victor Lesser Distinguished Dissertation Award recipient is Dr. Manish Jain, whose thesis titled "Thwarting Adversaries with Unpredictability: Massive-scale Game-Theoretic Algorithms for Real-World Security Deployments" was supervised by Prof. Milind Tambe. The committee also wanted to recognise two other nominees: Dr. Iolanda Leite, whose thesis titled "Long-term Interactions with Emphatic Social Robots" was supervised by A/Profs Carlos Martinhos and Ana Paiva; and Dr. Reshef Meir, whose thesis titled "Mechanisms for Stability and Welfare: Increasing Cooperation among Self-interested Agents" was supervised by Prof. Jeffrey S. Rosenschein.

ACM- SIGAI Autonomous Agents Award

The selection committee for the ACM/SIGART Autonomous Agents Research Award is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2014 award is Professor Michael Wellman ( Michael P. Wellman is Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Michigan. He received a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1988 for his work in qualitative probabilistic reasoning and decision-theoretic planning. From 1988 to 1992, Wellman conducted research in these areas at the USAF’s Wright Laboratory. For the past 20+ years, his research has focused on computational market mechanisms for distributed decision making and electronic commerce. As Chief Market Technologist for TradingDynamics, Inc. (now part of Ariba), he designed configurable auction technology for dynamic business-to-business commerce. Wellman previously served as Chair of the ACM Special Interest Group on Electronic Commerce (SIGecom), and as Executive Editor of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research. He is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and the Association for Computing Machinery.

Michael Wellman will give a talk on "Putting the Agent in Agent-Based Modeling" during AAMAS conference.

IFAAMAS Influential Paper Award

This year's IFAAMAS Influential Paper Award winner is Onn Shehory and Sarit Kraus, in recognition of their distinguished contributions to the field as exemplified by the following influential paper:
Onn Shehory and Sarit Kraus. Methods for task allocation via agent coalition formation. Artificial Intelligence, vol. 101 (1-2), May 1998, pp. 165-200